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Licentiate degree

A Degree of Licentiate comprises at least 120 higher education credits. The degree may either be a stand-alone degree or one stage towards a doctoral degree. The scope of the courses may vary between 30 and 60 higher education credits and the scientific work between 60 and 90 higher education credits.  The proportion of courses to scientific work is stated in the general syllabus for the third-cycle subject area and each doctoral student’s individual study plan.

Qualitative targets are stipulated in the system of qualifications in the Higher Education Ordinance (appendix 2) and at Luleå University of Technology they are included in the general syllabus for third-cycle subject areas and in the individual study plan. To obtain a degree of licentiate, the doctoral student must have achieved a pass on content and presentation of the licentiate thesis and those examinations included in the programme. 

Licentiate thesis

Independent research work shall result in a scientific thesis. The licentiate thesis must be at such a scientific level that after a possible review it may be included in a publication of good international standards.

The licentiate thesis is structured as a monograph or as a compilation of a number of scientific articles. The general syllabus for the research subject describes the type of thesis required for the subject.

 A scientific thesis jointly written by two or more persons may be approved as a joint licentiate thesis if the authors’ separate work can be distinguished. A summarising chapter of a compilation thesis integrates the different parts and clarifies the doctoral student’s work.

A licentiate thesis may be written in Swedish or English.

Request for licentiate seminar

A doctoral student who wishes to hold a licentiate seminar shall request this from the Head of Department in question after consultation with the supervisors. The principal supervisor will propose a time and place for the seminar to the Head of Department, the examiner and the external reviewer. Within the humanities and social sciences the proposal should  also state the suggested chairperson for the seminar. When someone other than the Head of Subject is the examiner, he or she must be consulted. 

The Head of Department is responsible for the Board concerned (Chairman level) being informed at the latest 8 term weeks before the seminar of the time and place, the appointed examiner and the external reviewer. Within the humanities and social sciences the decision should also state the appointed chairperson.  '

Enclosed is a short summary of the contents of a licentiate thesis (abstract) and information on whether the scientific work is structured as a monograph or a compilation of articles.

When articles are compiled, they must be listed as in the template with titles, co-authors, journal/conference and dates of published/accepted/submitted. The approximate number of pages of the accompanying introductory/summarising chapter of the compilation thesis should also be stated.

The licentiate seminar is public and shall be held on one of the university’s campus areas during normal working hours between 10 January-20 June or 1 September-20 December. Exeptions can only be granted after special consideration. The Head of Department justifies special resons why an exeption should be granted. The application for an exemption is treated restrictively. The Vice-Chancellors decision-making and delegation procedures regulate the decision-making processes within the university.

The seminar shall be held in Swedish or English

External reviewer at licentiate seminar

The external reviewer must hold a doctoral degree, or possess equivalent artistic competence, and must not belong to the same research subject within the university as the student or any of the student’s supervisors.The external reviewer will receive a fee. Information on the current amount is obtained from HR-Department.

Examinator at licentiate seminar

The examiner shall be qualified as docent/professor and employed at Luleå University of Technology.

Within the humanities and social sciences the examiner must not be the doctoral student's principal supervisor or co-supervisors. 

Within the technical sciences the examiner may be the same person as the principal supervisor.

Chairperson for the licentiate seminar

A Chairperson for the licentiate seminar is appointed within the humanities and social sciences.

Printing, distribution and advertising

The doctoral student is responsible for

  • booking a time for printing at the latest 10 term weeks before the licentiate seminar so that the thesis is printed and published at the latest 3 term weeks before the seminar Booking and ordering
  • that the title of the thesis is identical to that decided by the Head of Department
  • order printing of the thesis Booking and ordering
  • registration of the licentiat thesis in the LTU publication database Publish licentiat thesis
  • having the thesis printed and published at the latest three term weeks prior to its public defence
  • distribution of the licentiat thesis to the appointed external reviewer and examinator
  • sending the the web address of the electronic version of the licentiat thesis to those concerned, external and internal, and interested parties

The printing company
Read here about what the printing company is responsible for

The Department is responsible for

  • paying costs for printing the licentiat thesis and  PDF-file intended for electronic publication
  • advertising the time and place of the licentiat seminar at the latest three term weeks before the public defence
  • contacting the doctoral student for a possible press release

The secretaries of the Boards are responsible for

  • issuing a notification three term weeks before the licentiat seminar with information about the time and place for the seminar and the webb address for the electronic edition
  • that the notification will be recorded
  • to post the notification at Service desk, campus Luleå

The library is responsible for

  • electronically publishing the licentiate thesis in the LTU publication database.

Notification of licentiate seminar

Notification of the licentiate seminar and publication of licentiate thesis must take place no later than three term weeks before the seminar. The periods of December 20 - January 10 and June 20 - August 10 are excuded from the three weeks.

Exeptions from the above must be specifically justified by the Head of Department. The Head of Department justifies special reasons why an exeption should be granted. The Vice-Chancellors  decision-making and delegation procedures regulate the decision-making procedure within the university.

Setting grades

The examiner grades theses using the terms pass or fail. After the decision is made, a grading protocol is completed and signed.


Application is made via after approved licentiate seminar. Courses and thesis credits, 120 credits, must have been reported to Ladok before you apply for a degree certificate. In order to apply for the degree, you need to login with your staff user ID. You need to indicate yourself which  courses are to be included in your degree. The courses you choose should be in accordance with the latest updated individual studyplan.

Our processing time is approximately 6-8 weeks. Your degree certificate will be sent to the address that is indicated in Ladok. You should, therefore, ensure that your contact information is correct. The degree certificate will be sent by registered post.  

The degree certificate states the third-cycle subject area, the title of the scientific work, courses passed (examinations) and any credits transferred from previous education. The degree certificate is issued in Swedish and English. A Diploma Supplement is enclosed with the degree certificate. The enclosure facilitates the recognition of foreign and Swedish degrees